Trevor Shelley was trying to defend pal Philip Nelson when he punched Kolstad, charges say

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This surveillance still shows Shelley running from the scene of the altercation while Nelson stands on the corner, authorities say.
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This morning, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley was hit with the same charges former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson faces in connection with a Sunday morning altercation that left Isaac Kolstad in critical condition -- first- and third-degree assault.

According to the charging document, a tipster called Mankato police on Monday and said he was at a friend's house around 3 a.m. Sunday when Shelley showed up wearing a torn red shirt. Shelley told the tipster he was downtown when he saw someone "starting something" with Nelson. Nelson, 20, and Shelley went to Mankato West High School together and were Facebook friends. (It appears one of them has defriended the other since Sunday morning -- either that or Nelson's account is private.)

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Shelley told the tipster he "wound up and hit [the man messing with Nelson] as hard as he could," according to the charging document. (Nelson and his girlfriend both said they don't have any idea who the "man in red" was when questioned by authorities.)
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Isaac Kolstad

A number of other tipsters got in touch with the Mankato PD and said they believe Shelley is the man shown in surveillance footage running from the scene of the altercation with a torn red shirt.

The force of the punch Shelley allegedly threw knocked Kolstad out and resulted in his head hitting the pavement with a sickening thud, witnesses say. Nelson then moved in and kicked Kolstad in the head once or twice, authorities say.

A Mayo Clinic doctor says Kolstad, a married 24-year-old father with a pregnant wife, has a skull fracture on the side of his head where Nelson allegedly kicked him. The former MSU-Mankato football player's injuries also include brain bleeding, swelling, and shifting, and deterioration of the lungs from lack of oxygen. His prognosis is grim.

Yesterday afternoon, a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension special agent called Shelley. Shelly said he knew why the agent was calling, and explained he was leaving Mankato's Blue Bricks Bar and Eatery just after bar close Sunday morning when he saw a group including Nelson and his girlfriend arguing with a man in a black shirt. 

Shelley said Kolstad then struck Nelson in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The man in the black shirt subsequently swung at Shelley, but missed. (It's unclear whether Kolstad is the same person man in the black shirt Shelley referred to.) Shelley told the BCA agent he left the scene, but not before the man in the black shirt grabbed him, ripping his shirt. He said he never hit Kolstad himself, and stood by that claim even after the agent told him the whole thing was filmed by a surveillance camera.

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The mugshots of Shelley (left) and Nelson.

Despite his denial, Shelley was placed under arrest and charged today. The criminal complaint notes that the investigation is "ongoing."

"This complaint is prepared to comply with the court mandates of 36 and 48 hour rules [after which a suspect must be released if they aren't charged with a crime], and may be amended in the future, if appropriate," it says.

To read the charging document for yourself, click to page two.


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26 comments
stace13
stace13

You attack someone first, better be ready to receive. Hate people like that think they are all tough. See where that got u.. grow some brains next time tough guy.

stace13
stace13

Tough guy punches from back... now whose the tough guy in hospital ? in a coma... LOL...

nondimenticar2
nondimenticar2

What's confusing to me is I believe I have read that Nelson and friend were knocked to the ground as well when allegedly Holstad hit from the back. I think that is in the Star Tribune or ESPN stories on this. So that detail needs to be pointed out as well.

Will T. Michels
Will T. Michels

Exactly ^^. It was a door guy from blue bricks who kissed Nelson's gf's hand and Nelson thought it was him.

Will T. Michels
Will T. Michels

Still disagree jason. Michael Kerner go back to the hole you crawled out from you North Dakotan baby raper.

Jason Swan
Jason Swan

No, there's too much compassion for stupidity already. It allows people to forget that there are consequences to their actions. And as far as his family goes, he should have been thinking about them before he got involved in this.

Michael Kerner
Michael Kerner

Nelson is a just kato rat. I hope him and Shelley get an infected load in their ass while in prison.

Will T. Michels
Will T. Michels

This story is so sad because its all over some bullshit. Nelson shouldnt have been such a two year old.

Will T. Michels
Will T. Michels

Jason have some compassion. This dude is fighting for his life and has a family.

abc123
abc123

You need to correct the story.  The Complaint does not state, as you claim, that Shelley claimed Kolstad swung at him, grabbed him, or ripped his shirt.

Jason Swan
Jason Swan

Good, maybe as he's laying in his hospital bed he'll think long and hard about the dangers of punching somebody in the back of the head. Not that it matters though, the news media has already taken sides by showing him as a victim that is only photographed while wearing suits and hanging out with children.

Jim Reischl
Jim Reischl

yep kiss anymore football goodbye, I guess he wasn't thinking was he

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

but, but, but, Nelson said he didn't know Shelley. He couldn't be lying, he's and upstanding athlete after all.

nondimenticar2
nondimenticar2

But why do the articles likewise say Holstad knocked Nelson and friend to the ground. That's in the stories too, see my above post at city pages. Maybe a pejorative term or something was used. Apparently Nelson had his back to Holdstad.

Thehophead
Thehophead

Also, What's he doing at the bar at the age of 20...

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@abc123  Re-reading the complaint, I now see it's not clear whether "the man in the black shirt" and Kolstad are meant to be the same person. I've clarified that, thanks.

stace13
stace13

In the media Black guy is always the nice, innocent victim... LOL..

Onan
Onan

Then don't read about it anymore?

atrupar
atrupar

@lukehellier Yup. I mention that in my post. Unclear if he saw he threw the punch, though, so he might not have been lying.

abc123
abc123

@atrupar @abc123  Pretty sure it's not.  Pretty sure it is intended to refer to J.W., from context.  Second choice would be S.T. Though neither complaint is a model of exactitude.

Thehophead
Thehophead

No kidding! I am shocked no one has bright this up in the media. To much drinking and jealousy is not a good mix. I feel all three people in this case are at equal fault.

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